The truth dinosaur
Being the champion of truth is not always easy.
Adele Hamilton, Editor Parent24 (Tammy Gardner)
It is my favourite position.

Side by side on my son’s bed, both of us reading -- companionable in our silent fantasy worlds.

“Mom,” he says softly in my ear. “If I look at you from this angle you start to look like a dinosaur.”

Luckily I am relaxed, and laugh. I want him to speak his insulting stegosaurus of truth. I am glad he is honest, and it is not meant maliciously.

Sadly I don’t always espouse honesty. Sometimes I outright lie – like when I tell the guy begging at the robot that I have no money on me, when I am simply too lazy to go to the boot to get my bag out. I am not walking my own talk.

According to our last home page poll, honesty is highly prized among Parent24 users. A healthy 63% voted to tell children the truth about the sex, drugs and financial issues in their own lives.

But what about when my child asks my opinion of a wobbly, lop-sided mobile he has spent a lot of time and effort making? The truth is, it is not great. But I say, “Wow, look at the colours you’ve used. You worked really hard.”

Is bald honesty always the best choice? Tell us your thoughts.

More stories to inspire you to tell the truth or lie:

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Talking about sex Today's kids are more streetwise, but it's still up to you.

P.S. While you're telling the truth, please fill in our Parent24 survey so we can find out how South African families work. You could win R5 000!

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